Classic Nut Loaf

Thin slices of this classic nut bread spread with butter and some homemade or organic jam make very fine sandwiches, which are especially delicious when served with tea.


2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 egg
1 cup milk
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (or any other nuts you desire)


  • Mix and sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt, and then work in the butter.
  • Add the egg, well beaten, and the milk, and then stir in the chopped walnuts.
  • Preheat owen to moderate (375º F or about 190º C).
  • Turn mixture into a well-greased loaf pan, and bake in a moderate oven for about 45 minutes.
  • Serve hot or cold.

Makes one medium-sized loaf.

NOTE: The use of nuts in this bread increases the food value and imparts a very delicious flavour. It is therefore very attractive to most people, but it is not a cheap food on account of the usual high price of nuts.

Real Cooking

Did You Know?
Nut is a hard shelled fruit of some plants that has an indehiscent seed. While a wide variety of dried seeds and fruits are called nuts in English, only a certain number of them are considered by biologists to be true nuts. The grouping of many similar dry seeds and fruits under the single generic name "nut" is not followed in many other languages, which have only individual names for each type.

Nuts are a composite of the seed and the fruit, where the fruit does not open to release the seed. Most seeds come from fruits, and the seeds are free of the fruit, unlike nuts like hazelnuts, hickories, chestnuts and acorns, which have a stony fruit wall and originate from a compound ovary. Culinary usage of the term is less restrictive, and some nuts as defined in food preparation, like pistachios and Brazil nuts, are not nuts in a biological sense. Everyday common usage of the term often refers to any hard walled, edible kernel, as a nut.

Nuts are an important source of nutrients for both humans and wildlife.